Low Name Meaning

English and Scottish: topographic name for someone who lived near a tumulus, mound or hill, Middle English lowe, from Old English hlaw (see Law 2). Scottish and English: nickname for a short man, from Middle English lah, lowe (Old Norse lágr; the word was adopted first into the northern dialects of Middle English, where Scandinavian influence was strong, and then spread south, with regular alteration of the vowel quality). English and Scottish (of Norman origin): nickname for a violent or dangerous person, from Anglo-Norman French lou, leu ‘wolf’ (Latin lupus). Wolves were relatively common in Britain at the time when most surnames were formed, as there still existed large tracts of uncleared forest. Scottish: from a pet form of Lawrence. Compare Lowry 1. Americanized spelling of Jewish Lowe.

Source: Dictionary of American Family Names ©2013, Oxford University Press


Similar surnames: Law, Clow, Bow, Lew, Loy, Blow, Dow, Loo, Lowe, Loge

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Low Family Origin

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  • Farmer

    29%
  • Going To School

    7%
  • Baker

    3%
  • Do. Servant

    3%

In 1881, Farmer, Going To School and Baker were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Low. A less common occupation for the Low family was Do. Servant. The most common Low occupation in Canada was Farmer. 29% of Low's were Farmers.

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Between 1943 and 2004, Low life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1943, and highest in 1986. The average life expectancy for Low in 1943 was 32, and 77 in 2004.

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